During October to December 2012 we toured an elephant around our region to coincide with the Barwon Month of Action. The elephant visited a range of venues and helped to create awareness around violence against women and to encourage individuals, groups and organisations to stand up and take action to prevent it. We developed a suite of promotional resources that were taken to various legal information sessions and events attached to the tour.



The large elephant started life in Wodonga in 2009 as a community art project and was produced by a group of women who have survived living with family violence. She has been beautifully decorated in two halves. The left hand side is black and white and depicts the downside of abuse and the devastation it causes to people's lives. The right hand side is colourful and depicts the upside and joy of recovery, of building trust and respectful, strong relationships. The carousel is a common theme to both sides, both abuse and recovery, and highlights the journey for survivors and encourages hope for those currently experiencing family violence.




  • Family Relationship Centre, Geelong
  • Colac Area Health, Colac
  • Bellarine Community Health, Point Lonsdale
  • Market Square, Geelong
  • Barwon Health Corio Community Health Centre, Corio
  • Deakin University, Waurn Ponds
  • Diversitat, Norlane
  • Warrnambool Library, Warrnambool



On Thursday 11th October the project partners and other stakeholders gathered to launch the ‘Elephant in Your Room?’ project. Frances from Zena Women’s Services (now known as Minerva Community Services), joined us and gave a moving address about their work to support women experiencing violence and how devastating that experience of violence can be. Frances and Mikala from Barwon Community Legal Service then unveiled the ‘Elephant in the Room’.